Hanne M. Watkins joins Peace Program

We welcome Hannah M. Watkins to the Peace program as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Fall, 2018

Hanne M. Watkins holds a BA (Hons.) in Psychology and Linguistics, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne, in Australia. She also completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne, in 2016. Her main research interests are moral psychology, intergroup conflict, and philosophical “just war theory,” which is why her thesis was on how people make moral judgments about killing in war.

Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Tawakkol Karman spent a day at UMass, culminated by a talk in the Bernie Dallas Room to a large crowd on the topic of 

Nonviolence as a Means of Struggle, Change and Success

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work in Yemen.

While here on campus, she met with undergraduate and graduate students before giving her talk.

Sponsored by UMass Amherst Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and the UMass Lowell Greeley Scholars for Peace Studies Award

 

Statement of Solidarity with Academics for Peace

The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program stands in solidarity with the signatories of the January 2016 Peace Petition, who are now facing a fresh round of criminal indictments.
Read our full statement

Our Faculty, Students and Graduates in the News

Özden Melis Uluğ wins grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Dr. Özden Melis Uluğ, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program, received a new grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology(SPSP). This new research project of Dr. Uluğ explores how conflict narratives may be helpful in achieving peace and justice in conflict contexts. Dr. Uluğ plans to conduct two studies in two different conflict contexts: (1) Israel and (2) Poland. In both studies, adaptation of materials to the Israeli and Polish context as well as translations will be facilitated by Dr. Gilad Hirschberger and Dr. Michał Bilewicz as collaborators.

David Reinhard wins grant from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48)

Dr. David Reinhard, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program working on a project awarded by the National Science Foundation program faculty member Dr. Bernhard Leidner, received a new grant from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48). This new research project of Dr. Reinhard explores the roots and consequences of adversarial international relationships on support for violent approaches to conflict.

David Reinhard receives funding from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Equity and Inclusion

Dr. David Reinhard, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace a Violence Program working on a project awarded by the National Science Foundation program faculty member Dr. Bernhard Leidner, received a new grant from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Equity and Inclusion. This new research project of Dr. Reinhard, entitled “Bridging the Great Divide,” was awarded as part of the Campus Climate Improvement grant program. The project aims to foster effective communication strategies "across the political aisle" on campus.

David Reinhard wins grant-in-aid from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Dr. David Reinhard, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program working on a project awarded by the National Science Foundation program faculty member Dr. Bernhard Leidner, received a new grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). This new research project of Dr. Reinhard examines when and why tensions between nations are more likely to violently escalate and also explores methods for increasing support for conflict de-escalation.  

Linda Tropp gave a talk on intergroup contact, racial anxiety, and navigating race in diverse classrooms to the Teaching Tolerance group of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Morris Dees, co-founder and chief attorney for the SPLC and Linda Tropp

Linda Tropp was invited to give a talk on intergroup contact, racial anxiety, and navigating race in diverse  classrooms in the context of K-12 education to the staff, advisory board, and teaching award winners of Teaching Tolerance, as well as to leading staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 You can learn more about Teaching Tolerance and SPLC at the links below:

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